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Investment migration must comply with Council of Europe legal standards

National programmes for the award of citizenship, residence permits and tax domiciles to foreign investors must respect the legal standards set by the Council of Europe, the Committee on Migration underlined today, and Member States should do their utmost to ensure that “investment migration does... More

Webinar: the ongoing ‘pain’ of institutional racism in Europe must end

Following the Black Lives Matter protests in the US and Europe, parliamentarians came together with anti-racism officials and campaigners during a PACE webinar to condemn the “denial of the painful reality” of an estimated 15 million people of African descent living in Europe, and to demand... More

Strengthening guardianship systems for unaccompanied and separated migrant children

According to the Migration Committee, member States do not currently ensure effective guardianship systems for unaccompanied and separated migrant children, guaranteeing the protection and respect of their fundamental rights. “Guardianship systems are not harmonised across Europe. There is a... More

Pandemics and states of emergency: there should and need not be any tension between effectiveness and legality

Whilst a ‘state of emergency’ may allow for a more effective response to a major health crisis like that of COVID-19, it might also be potentially hazardous from the perspective of human rights, democracy and the rule of law. But according to the Committee on Legal Affairs, “there should and need... More

Georgia monitors welcome adoption of Constitutional amendments by the Georgian Parliament

The co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the monitoring of Georgia, Titus Corlatean (Romania, SOC) and Claude Kern (France, ALDE), have welcomed the adoption today by the Georgian Parliament of the Constitutional amendments to implement the new election... More

Statement of the presidential election assessment mission in Poland

Strasbourg, 29.06.2020 - Following the letters from the Polish authorities to the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), welcoming the presence of a PACE observation mission during the 2020 presidential election, an Assembly election assessment mission visited... More